As one of the oldest building materials in the world, bricks are due for a technological upgrade, and the LIAR Project is a green attempt at just that. The project, which stands for 'Living Architecture' and is being developed by researchers from Newcastle University, features "smart" bricks that that can carry out a host of tasks for buildings.
According to Rachel Armstrong, the LIAR Project coordinator, the bricks will contain microbial fuel cells with multiple functions that interrelate with one another -- similar to the workings of a cow's stomach. In the same way that cows have four stomachs for digesting food, the smart bricks will create multiple chambers throughout a building to do things like recycling wastewater, generating electricity and creating new detergents.
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